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when all is said and done, i wanted to go to the congo and i did. the deadline is clicking. the time to fix the obama website. will they succeed or admit defeat? >> good morning. welcome to early start. we are excited that you are here with us! >> happy black friday to all of you. it's 5:00 a.m. on the east
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coast. this 29th day of november. we hope you enjoyed your family, friends, football and all of the food. >> i'm feeling pretty good. i did get my sleep. >> i didn't but happy to be here. >> now you've napped and wrapped the left joverts it's time to put your shopping shoes on. black friday is in full swing. the national retail federation says 3 million will grab their checkbooks and dust off those credit cards and head to the stores today to do a little swipy, swipy. in fact, bargain hunting has already begun. zain asher is inside macy's. zain, i wish i have would given you my credit card! you could have done some shopping for me. >> rosa, yes. we are seeing a stead stream of kers on on the ground floor in macy's. i'm told the real chaos is
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upstairs in women's clothing. understandable. the first time ever macy's has been open on thanksgiving night. yesterday they opened at 8:00. i'm told that 15,000 people are waiting right outside to bust down those doors to come in for those deals. when you talk to customers inside macy's i'm getting a bit of mixed reviews. some people saying, yeah, they are ready for those people and got great deals. others were disappointed and didn't get as many great deals as we anticipated and said they wish they had stayed at home. i'm joining by two shoppers. this is your first time shopping on black friday. how has it been so far? >> it's a bit unexpected. i thought there would be a lot more people. i expected to see people trampleled and rushing through so i didn't see too many people so i thought it was a regular shopping day. >> you started at midnight.
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any sleep at all last night? >> no, i have not had any sleep at all. >> what is it like in terms of deals? what are you seeing in terms of deals here? >> in this particular store, i didn't see that many deals. maybe on pants. i saw a lot but not too many deals. i thought i was going to be seeing a lot more. >> what is your plan for the rest of the weekend? are you doing more shopping? are you going to go online now? >> i'm probably going to go online but also go back to j. krchlt pc. p penney. they are having great sales so i will probably do that. >> thank you so much, guys. we are anticipating the store getting busier. macy's hired 3,000 seasonal workers for black friday. one piece of advice if you're out hunting for deals it's important you do not put getting a bargain or getting a deal ahead of your own safety. >> that's great advice.
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thank you so much, zain. we appreciate it. shoppers may be seeing more than bargains today. protesters are planned at more than 1,500 walmart stores across the country. walmart workers are hoping to use black friday to draw attention to what they describe as low wages and retaliation against employees who criticize the company. protesters expect better turnout than last black friday when hundreds walked off the job in 46 states. groups advocating for walmart workers saying they made $7 billion in profits. they want more full-time job and minimum $25,000 a year salaries for those who seek it. some store owners and customers are unhappy about that have gone become so commercialized. new hampshire, the owner of a sears hometown store refused to open on the holiday. holly says the deals are the same on friday so there is no reason to rush.
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>> just bypass this and say that the dollar figure is more important than us being with our families, it's unacceptable. >> customers at the store are showing their support for her. some sent flowers and cards. >> there's a lot of people that have young kids. they don't need to be working. even though they need the money, they need to be home with their family. >> cassians is following company rules this morning and opening up at 6:00 a.m. coming up, bill simon joins us. we knew this was coming. for some the chance to get a jump on the black friday madness, of course, turned ugly. the spirit of the holiday disappeared if these shoppers in west palm beach, florida. the doors barely opened and they were at each other's throats.
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but a dirch story in new york city. the macy's thanksgiving day parade was barely a memory when the doors of the flagship store was open. ecstatic shoppers stormed in hungry for bargains toys "r" us, it was cheers when the doors opened but patience was a virtue on thursday. scenes like this one in south florida played out over and over again across the country. so if you're not one for lines or crowds, a convenient attive may be cybermonday when retailers are expected to offer steep discounts online. >> 3.5 million people got what they came for on thanksgiving day. they got to see those big helium heros fly at the macy's thanksgiving parade.
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they flew a little lower than normal because of the gusty winds but they did fly. no one seemed to care they were flying so low except for a couple of minor collisions with a few branches and scrapes on the pavement. all of the balloons made it to the finish line in one piece. i was out there. >> you survived! >> i'm in one piece. the crowds were really happy to see the balloons out there. a little lower than usually but at least they were there. >> i was ecstatic. i was out there. you know, of course, we are talking black friday and black friday shoppers and they can take a lot. we want to check on the weather for them to see how they are doing. jennifer, how are they going to be? >> they are braver than i am. i would not be out there in the cold. a cold morning. teens and 20s up in the north and down in the south, 30s and 40s but the big story still in the northeast. it's ville very cold. boston 32 degrees. you are 15 degrees ble normal. atlanta, you will be at 59
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degrees for today and that is your normal temperature. yesterday you had your coldest thanksgiving in 100 years. started out at 22 degrees yesterday morning so a lot of you folks will be happy about that. as we go into saturday, temperatures slowly start to warm, especially around the south. we will be around 55 degrees in memphis. by sunday, 44 in cincinnati and chicago still cold. 37 degrees and 44 in the northeast. that storm system has pushed well offshore and most of the country enjoying high pressure. not every day you get a radar with basically nothing on it. the entire country very, very quiet. a lot of sunshine for most of the country. not much rain out there, guys, but it is just going to be cold, especially here in the north. >> but good weather for shopping. >> nothing on the radar. that is actually a good thing, right? >> nothing at all. >> love it. all right. thanks very much, jennifer are. the obama administration very own deadline to fix the
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healthcare.gov website is tomorrow. the white house is promising smoother sailing on the site for most people as opposed to that hair pulling experience from the october 1st launch. earlier this week, there was another setback for small businesses. they will not be able to enroll online for another year. the million dollar question -- can the website hack it? white house officials are afraid a big spike in traffic could cause problems and sources in the insurance industry tell cnn there's no way the site can be completely fixed by tomorrow. one government official has already tried to temper expectations saying, november 30th isn't some magical date and that the site will still have issues. >> but it's not all obama care all the time. at 1600 pennsylvania avenue this weekend there's some festive
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stuff going on. more secrets exposed by edward snowden. they conducted widespread surveillance during the g-8 and g-20 summit three years ago in toronto. and that the canadian government was aware of it and helped even coordinator it. the documents don't say if the nsa was targeting any specific world leaders. u.s. state department officials are not commenting about these latest revelations. >> another act of defiance and disputed air space over the east china sea. several chinese fighter jets conducted an air control over. both japan and china claim the territory belong to them. both countries, along with the united states, have conducted missions in that air space over the last few days. iran is taking the first tangible steps to abide by the nuclear agreement is reached
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with the west last weekend. they are inviting inspectors to visit a heavy water production plant on december 8th. a reactor under construction is on the same site. heavy water is used in some reactors to control nuclear activity. here is an interesting story. what a difference one letter makes. juwan is an 18-year-old college freshman from baltimore. he is home this morning with his family after spending a horrifying four nights in a jail in a case of mistaken identity. he shares the same name and the same birthday as a wanted man spelled with an a. the nightmare began when he was pulled over for making an illegal u-turn. >> i told them that the picture wasn't me. they continued and insisted on that it was me. >> it was only when he was brought to federal court in
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baltimore that his fingerprints were run and prosecutors realized they had the wrong person. no word yet if he plans on taking any legal action. we are following some breaking news from overnight. a spectacular explosion near houstonia, missouri. look at these pictures. a 30-inch natural gas pipeline exploding outside a compressor station at the panhandle eastern pipeline company. the fire is now out and there were no injuries. the cause of the blast is still under investigation. the comet ison may have come too close to the sun. nasa scientists are images right now. it comes from the furtherest from the solar system and they was hoping it would sling shot around the sun so its tail would be able to be seen. >> you are so tad about this.
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>> i really wanted to do that. >> you would rather see that than shopping? >> i would rather be sleeping! >> exactly! >> just kidding. just kidding. coming up, they call it the knockout game. teens trying to take out strangers with a single sucker punch and it may have happened this time again in new york. two former assists charged with embezzling money from a london chef. we will take you there next. but also extremely powerful. it could be used to start a poem. or finish a symphony. it's been to classrooms, boardrooms, even to space. and we can't wait to see where you'll take it next. introducing the thinner, lighter, more powerful ipad air.
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off running without taking a dime. the victim is supposed to recover. police are trying to confirm if the attack is a nationwide trend. it's a court case that is gripping the uk. two former personal assistants to a chef and her ex-husband accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the couple. we have already heard allegations of rampant drug use leveled against lawson. let's get the latest from the court proceedings from max foster live from london this morning. this chef is not even sued but tangled in this mess! >> reporter: well, it's meant to be a fraud trial so two personal assistants accused of putting money on her credit cards and racking up to a million dollars. we are hearing from the accounts of yesterday for charles sachi who is back in court again today saying at one point they were hug more than a hundred thousand
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dollars a month on credit cards to fund a lavish live style of first class travel hotel and luxury shopping. that is the core of this case. the defense is arguing that nigella lawson was aware of this spending so it wasn't a fraud, it was knowing spending, and that she was trying to hide her drug habit from sachi. sachi, himself, was quoted earlier in the trial in an e-mail accusing lawson of pretty much the same thing, of hiding her drug habit from him and being aware of the spending. he is due to appear later on today so we will hear in his own words what he thinks of all this. the defense pretty unhappy saying this is mint to be a fraud trial and that, in fact, is an opportunity for these two very famous people to argue in a situation where they can't be accused of libel so they want it thrown out already. it's exposing a difficult
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relationship between the two. officials in japan are investigationing two small explosions outside of toke air base. it happened last night. investigators found two metal tubes and a timing mechanism at the scene. no word on who is responsible and no injuries reported. sometimes you have to ask why. a clumsy crook sure made things early for south florida police on that have gone day. that is johnny love trying to hold up a gas station. the very calm clerk handed over the cash, even suggesting the thief double bag the bills! he then suggested love pick up some beers to go along with all of the loot and the gunman agreed not knowing the clerk had already pressed a silent alarm. now love left the store so overloaded, he dropped all of the beer and the bag of cash! plenty of time, skeds for the cops to pull up and slap on a
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rrg that have gone day was packed full of nfl action. the biggest challenge was staying awake to watch all of the games. andy scholes joins us with more in the bleacher report. happy black friday to you, buddy. >> you too. good morning. i was doing really well until halftime of the first game when the food coma got the best of me but a bunch of great games to watch all day yesterday. in the night cap, ravens hosting the steelers. controversy in this one. jacoby jones breaks free on the kickoff return but the steelers head coach mike tomlin gets in his way on the field! tomlin was looking the other way watching the jumbotron. the refs could have given jones a touchdown but they didn't even throw a flag on the play. it could have cost the ravens the win. the steelers have one last chance to tie this game late but ben roethlisberger's pass on the two-point conversion goes incomplete. the ravens do get the win 22-20.
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the lions record nine-game thanksgiving losing streak is now over. detroit dominated the packers winning 40-10. the packers offense was awful yesterday! only 26 yards in the game. ndamukong suh even controlled himself and no stomping on anybody's hand. dallas came from behind to beat the raiders. this was the first time since 1999 both the cowboys and the lions won on thanksgiving day. the lineup section on bleacherreport.com today, texas tech beautifully executed punt against texas last night. the punter fakes it and goes the run for the touchdown. this is the punter! it was the only bright spot in the game because the longhorns
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would win this one easily 31-16. jason kidd is fined 50,000 by the nba for intentionally spilling his drink in the loss to the lakers. it appears he is telling tayshaun taylor, "hit me." that draw up one last play while the ball boys had to clean up the mess. it didn't work any way. the lakers still won that game but quick thinking by jason kidd in the moment but he is paying $50,000 for it. >> a shout-out to my longhorns out there. >> hook 'em! >> hook 'em horns, that's right. thank you, andy scholes. now the top headlines and everything you need to know for your day coming up right after the break. still running in the morning? yeah. getting your vegetables every day? when i can. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. two full servings of vegetables for only 50 delicious calories.
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33 million americans prepare to shop till they drop on this black friday! the bargain hunting madness has already begun and it's getting a little manic out there. a big deadline for the obama care website. will it work by this weekend? the white house trying to lower expectations this morning. and more nsa secrets exposed. did the agency spy on the g-summits in toronto in 2010 and did the canadian government allow it? welcome back to "early start." i'm jason carroll. >> i'm rosa flores. thank you for joining us. 30 minutes past the hour. >> time to break out the bargain hunting shoes. the black friday is in full
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swing. national retail federation saying people are dusting off their credit card and heading to the stores on friday. the spending frenzy has already begun. zain is live at macy's in herald square. are out there reporting or shopping? >> just reporting. i'm in the ground floor of macy's right now. not too much in the terms of deals. the designers are here. the deals are mainly upstairs. kids and women's clothizing what i'm told. macy's opened for the first time ever on thanksgiving yesterday. i spoke to an executive. ed it was pretty decision to make. last year they had 11,000 people waiting outside. this year they opened at 8:00 on thanksgiving and they had 15,000 people waiting outside. i'm joined by a shopper. sasha, you shop regularly on black fridays. how do you know a good deal when you see one? >> when i see something going
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for more than 50% off is a great deal. you can't beat that. >> you do a lot of research you tell me. what advice can you tell other shoppers? >> go online and compare and compare and when you get in the store you'll know if you got a good deal or not. >> reporter: you came at 2:00 in the morning, right? why not earlier? why didn't you start earlier? >> i was a little stuffed from thanksgiving dinner. got here at 2:00. got great deals. >> great deals? >> great deals. >> reporter: jason, we are told several websites out there like pricegrabber where you can type in your item before you leave your house and use it to compare what other retailers are selling the item for. one tip i'm getting from other shoppers is that you should keep your receipts because, obviously, when the rush is over you want to change the item if you change your mind and you'll need your receipt. >> you say 15,000 shoppers outside there and no problems? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. no problem that we have heard of
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at all. 15,000 people outside macy's yesterday at 8:00 for thanksgiving day. they opened for the first time on thanksgiving yesterday. they said it was a good decision, no regrets. jason? >> zain, thanks very much. some shoppers could have some issues nationwide protests are planned at more than 1,500 walmart stores today. walmart workers are hoping to use black friday to draw attention to what they describe as low wages and retaliation against employees who criticize the company. protesters expect an even better turnout than last black friday when hundreds walked off the job in 46 states. groups advocating for walmart workers say the company made $17 billion in profits and they want more full-time jobs and a minimum of 25,000 dollars a year salaries for those who seek it. meanwhile, some store owners and customers are unhappy about thanksgiving becoming commercialized.
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in new hampshire, the owner of a sears hometown store refused to open on the holiday. holly cassyani say the deals are the same on friday so no reason to rush. >> just bypass this and say that the dollar figure is more important than us being with our families, it's unacceptable. >> customers at the store are showing their support for her. some sent flowers and cards. >> there's a lot of people that have young kids. they don't need to be working. even though they need the money, they need to be home with their family. >> cassians is following company rules this morning and opening up at 6:00 a.m. coming up in the 7:00 hour, walmart ceo bill simon will join us and we will ask him about black friday shopping and the workers protesters as well. the shopping mayhem started early on thursday and, in some cases t turned a little ugly.
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the spirit of the holiday disappeared for these shoppers in west palm beach, florida. the doors barely opened and they were at each other's throats. but a different story in new york city. the macy's thanksgiving day parade was barely a memory when the doors of the flagship store were opened. ecstatic shoppers charged in hungry for all of those bargains. toys "r" us, it was cheers when the doors opened but patience was a virtue on black friday. long lines and scenes like this in south florida played over and over again across the country. so if you're not one for lines or crowds, a convenient alternative may be cybermonday
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when retailers are set up to offer steep discounts online. >> 3.5 million people got what they came for on thanksgiving day. they got to see the big balloons fly at the macy's thanksgiving day parade. they flew a little lower than normal because of the gusty winds but they did fly. no one seemed to care they were flying so low except for a couple of minor collisions with a few branches and scrapes on the pavement. all of the balloons made it to the finish line in one piece. so did jason carroll because he was out there! >> some thoughts that those balloons were not going to be able to fly because the wind was going to be too strong but the wind cooperation. it was cold out there and chilly but it was a lot of fun. lots of black friday is what we are talking about today. black friday is the order of the day. lots of shoppers out there and heading out the door wondering if the weather will be just as good today as it was tomorrow. but we have jennifer here with
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the answers to that. >> yeah. they really are lucking out. it is cold but we are not dealing with the rain or snow. just pujeds up. we are seeing a very quiet setup for the next couple of days. that storm system well offshore. high pressure in control in the northeast, also in the southeast. southwest. barely a drop of rain. snow. anything on the national map. we are seeing a little bit of rain pulling into the pacific northwest but other than that, it is very, very quiet across the entire nation. the big story is still the chill. we are told. boston, your high today 32 degrees. 15 degrees below normal and philly about 14 degrees below normal at 40 degrees for today. your high temperature in pittsburgh, 34. and that is 16 degrees below normal. still going to be cold on saturday with those temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal but then by sunday, things start to get a little bit closer to normal. we will be back in the 40s in
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the northeast and we will be looking a little bit better. for the rest of the country. here is your outlook for today. a lot of sunshine dominating most of the country with temperatures in the 50s across the south. a little bit cooler up in the north. then the entire country gradually warms up by sunday. >> yea! >> it's nice to have a quiet day after all those storms on wednesday. so nice to see it quiet. >> it is nice. the obama administration's own deadline to fix the healthcare.gov website is tomorrow. the white house is promising smoother sailing on the site for most people as opposed to the hair pulling experience from the october 1st launch. earlier this week, there was another setback. small businesses wenton't be ab to enroll online for another year. the million dollar question is the website hack it? white house officials are afraid a big spike in traffic could cause problems and sources in the insurance industry tell cnn,
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there's no way the site can be completely fixed by tomorrow. one government official has already tried to temper expectations saying that november 30th isn't some magical date and that the site will still have issues. it's not all obama care all the time. at 1600 pennsylvania avenue this weekend there was some fun and festive stuff going on there today. a 19-foot frazier fir last year was their christmas tree from north carolina but another fir is on the way today. it is reported the american spy agency conducted widespread surveillance during the g-8 summit three years ago in toronto and that the canadian government was aware of it and even helped coordinate it.
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official in japan are investigating two small explosions last night outside an american air base in tokyo. authorities believe they were caused by an improvised device. they found a timing mechanism at the scene and two tubes. carl penhall is live with the latest. i'm sure the bomb squad is out there and investigators are trying to find out any evidence at all to figure out what happened here? >> reporter: jason a rosa, absolutely. the japanese police are taking this very seriously. we saw bomb squads 40 or 50 members, in fact, the bomb squad combing that area a few hundred yards from the perimeter of the u.s. air force base there and the police have confirmed they found two steel pipes connected to wires, connected to a battery and connected to a timing device. this was a homemade mortar
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system. residents say just before midnight last night, they heard two loud explosions. one resident said that they were so loud and so forceful, in fact, that it shook his apartment building. so far, there has been no claim of responsibility. the good news is that a spokesman for the u.s. air force said that there were no explosions inside the base itself and no reports of injuries or damage. no claim of responsibility here but look at the timing. these explosions came a week after the new u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy visited that baines days after joe biden was in japan. what the police are suggesting right now this could have been carried out by an you will extra leftist japanese guerrilla grew who is opposed to the japanese military alliance. >> carl, i know there have been protests there in the past to have that air base closed.
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thank you for bringing us the latest. iran is taking the first step towards abiding by the nuclear agreement it reached with the west last weekend. they are inviting inspects from the international atomic energy agency to visit a heavy water production plant on december 8th. a reactor under construction is on the same site. heavy water is used in some reactors to control that nuclear activity. coming up, a disturbing trend sweeping the nation. teenagers trying to knock out total strangers with a single sucker punch. now it looks like it happened again. the details straight ahead. ♪ it's the night before christmas, ♪ ♪ our plan is in place. ♪ we've rigged up a trap to catch sight of his face. ♪ ♪ if only we could, just stay awake... ♪
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welcome back to "early start." grab your coffee. we are glad that you're with us this morning. new york city police investigating another possible knockout case. a 23-year-old man in the bronx sucker-punched in the head as he walked down a street on wednesday.
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two other men then beat him while he was on the ground and all three took off running without taking a dime. the victim is expected to recover. police confirming they are looking to see if this is part of a nationwide trend where teens attempt to render strangers unconscious about wa single punch. >> the cases are so disturbing. >> just sick. let's see what is coming up on "new day." how are you doing this morning? >> how is the turkey going? i'm pretty good with coffee. >> you guys are really bright and rosy. >> they kind of are on black friday! >> we are going to continue the black friday discussion. the frenzy of shoppers out with some of the busiest stores. look at this crowd! a new cnn poll, though, shows americans aren't feeling too great about the economy so what exactly does this mean for the shopping season?
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we will speak live with the ceos of macy's and walmart about whether or not they feel they are getting people to the stores and people are willing to part with their money. >> are you going shopping after this? >> no. i'm going to go nap! i try to keep up with you here, sir. >> this is black wednesday purchase. >> is what it's called? >> i don't know. >> what else are we talking about on the show? there are people behind us. then the court case surrounding the london chef, lawson is in trouble here. two of her former personal assistants are accused of fraud. what could this do to her reputation, her career? even though she is not even on trial. >> she is not on the one on trial and all of this dirt is coming up. we have a busy day. jason, you're going to come join us. >> i'm going to do that marathon
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in the twilight zone like james bond. >> you got my e-mail yesterday when i said stop scaring people! the balloons are going to go off on time! >> they were beautiful. >> in that turn around columbus circle it got a little shaky and spongebob was trying to take a nose dive there. >> you really were watching. >> i was on it. >> the turtles were there to save the day. >> i think it will be an interesting show coming up. >> do you? >> i do. >> tune in. >> and don lemon is sober the day after thanksgiving. who knew? coming up, a record run on wall street. can the bulls keep the momentum going on this last trading day of november? "money time" with alison kosik is coming up next. ready to run your lines?
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alison kosik is here with all of the latest. good morning to you. >> good morning. we are talking stocks. it's a half day of trading today. trading is going to be wrapping up at 1:00 p.m. today. this is the last trading day of november. stock futures are sharm higher following a rally on wednesday. the markets were closed in the u.s. yesterday for thanksgiving. talk about this morning. all of the major averages are starting at record highs. a record 16,097 on the dow and 4,044 on the nasdaq and record 1807 on the s&p. unprecedented. and if history is any indicator, the rally that we are seeing happening here it could actually continue through the end of the year. they find that since 1945 the period between thanksgiving and new year's has shown an average 1. % gain and positive returns 71% of the time. but whatever the case, investors have had quite a year so far. the dow is up 23% since the beginning of the year. the nasdaq is up 34% and the s&p
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500 up 27%. so don't be afraid to look at your portfolio if you're invested in the markets. but caution about the economy still seems to be the theme in a new cnn/orc poll conducted in november, overall 59% say that things are going badly in the country. that's a number that has been steadily rising since pip. only 41% believe it is going well. 39% feel the economy is still in a downturn. only 24% believe that an economic recovery is under way. 36% are kind of caught in the middle and don't think we are in a recovery but they believe conditions have stabilized. so not very optimistic on this black friday but no matter how they feel about the economy, many shoppers, they decided to eat and run on thanksgiving. you look across the country. door buster sales drew in crowds. 140 million people expected to shop this weekend and last year
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spend 60 billion and 40% of that online. a healthy amount of cybershopping already taking place on thanksgiving. online sales up 10% last year and smartphones counting for 23.5% of the total. i was just -- we were talking about shopping. i can't wait to get online and start shopping. >> i am one of those. >> as long as we get free shipping. >> do it online. alison, thanks very much. coming up, she was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband and now she has been relieved just in time for the holidays, the latest on a case that has captured the nation. that's ahead on "early start." hmm. ♪ mm-hmm. [ engine revs ] ♪ [ male announcer ] oh what fun it is to ride.
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welcome back to "early start." a florida woman who got 20 years behind bars for firing a warning shot during an argument with her abusive husband is free on bond this morning. marisa alexander awaits a retrial of her stand your ground case. she was touching off a national debate. supporters comparing her case to these self-defense case of geor zimmerman. new on that is coming up on "new day" that starts right now. hopefully, they will get this guy and get all of their dolls and toys overwith and i'll be back next year. >> shopping frenzy. the mad dash for discounts has
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begun. black friday off to a manic start with shoppers literally fighting over deals. is it worth the mayhem? china sends fighter jets into disputed air space. the u.s. and its allies are doing the same. now vice president joe biden is heading to the region. astronomers across the world looking to the skies this morning. we will have the photos. your "new day" starts right now. and don lemon! >> and don lemon! good morning. welcome to "new day." we made it to friday. november 29th. it is 6:00 in the east. chris and kate are off but don lemon and rosa flores are joining us on the friday news set. >> good morning. >> we are all surviving after all of our turkey? >> a lot of alcohol. >> that could make for a very
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interesting program today. it is black friday. the mad dash to find those holiday deals has begun. in fact, just look at the shoppers fighting their way it is a scene that is playing out across the country. crowds lining up. not always politely for things like clothes, electronics and more. with everyone looking to get a bang for their buck. assuming the stores have not sold out of the hottest items already. let's start our coverage with zain asher at macy's flagship store in new york city. how is it looking there so far? >> reporter: hi, micaela. 15,000 people lined up yesterday ruffle around 8:00. i am told there should be a mad rush roughly around 10:00 a.m. black friday officially kicking off today. take

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